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March 18 is National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day, sometimes identified with National Oatmeal Cookie Day which is actually April 30. The difference between the two; a lacy oatmeal cookie is delicate, wafer thin and crispy while the oatmeal cookie is a drop cookie that is chewy, chunky and usually full of nuts, spices and some sort of chewy dried fruit such as raisins. Regardless of which style of cookie you prefer, I offer a toast in honor of the day.

Days that celebrate oatmeal and the oatmeal cookie – National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day, March 18 – National Oatmeal Cookie Day – April 30, National Oatmeal Day – October 29

Oh, and I made real cookies, too! They are one of my favorites after all. The recipe I use for Date Night Oatmeal Cookies is listed below drink recipes.

Oatmeal Cookie Day Shots

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Shot

Much like a spiced up oatmeal cookie, this little shot contains lots of spicy cinnamon flavor with delicious creamy texture.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

1/4 ounce Jager Herbal Liqueur

1/4 ounce Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps

1/4 ounce Rum

1/4 ounce Coffee Liqueur

1/4 ounce Irish Cream

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into shot glass.

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Oatmeal Cookie Shot

How sweet (and buttery) it is! This oatmeal cookie could get dangerous real fast. It’s like a buttery cookie, less spicy and a bit sweeter than the version above and yes… Very Good!

Oatmeal Cookie Shot

1/4 ounce Jager Herbal Liqueur

1/4 ounce Cinnamon Schnapps

1/4 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps

1/4 ounce Irish Cream

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into shot glass.

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Oatmeal Cookie Cocktail

The Oatmeal Cookie Shot was so delicious I thought it a shame to sip it so quickly. A lengthier sipping time should be enjoyed.

Oatmeal Cookie Cocktail – recipe adapted by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

3/4 ounce Jager Herbal Liqueur

1/2 ounce Butterscotch Liqueur

1/2 ounce Irish Cream

1-1/2 ounce Half & Half

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass.

More variations on the Oatmeal Cookie include the Batch of Oatmeal Cookies. Why make cookies if you don’t intend to share. This recipe makes 6 shooters of approximately 2 ounces each or 12 shots of 1 ounce each after mixture has been shaken over ice.

Batch of Oatmeal Cookies

4 ounces Cinnamon Schnapps

4 ounces Irish Cream

1 ounce Coffee Liqueur

1 ounce Hazelnut Liqueur

1 ounce Heavy Cream

Combine liquids in large cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into multiple shooter or shot glasses.

Oatmeal Cookie Day Cookie Recipe

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Date Night Oatmeal Cookies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Shot

Date Night Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies originated in England, supposedly evolving from the savory oatcakes soldiers carried during battle for quick energy. The modern day cookie is much sweeter, but it shares many of the same ingredients as the original Middle Ages cake. It’s still quite popular as a lunchbox and after-school snack and quick choice for picnics. Really, who can resist a chewy, delicious cookie full of oats, nuts and yummy fruit?

The oatmeal cookie also happens to be one of my very favorite cookies. Though they most often contain raisins as the added dried fruit, I prefer adding dates. Use pitted dates and cut them into small pieces or purchase the chopped candied dates. Either work fine.

Date Night Oatmeal Cookie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 cup Butter – softened (not in the microwave)

2 cups Brown Sugar – loosely packed

2 Eggs

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

2 cups Flour

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Soda

3 cups Old Fashioned Oats

1-1/2 cup Chopped Dates – substitute raisins if you prefer

1 cup Walnuts – chopped

Cream softened butter and brown sugar in large bowl. Add eggs and lemon juice. Beat together until mixed. Add flour, oats, salt and soda. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Top with dates and walnuts. Mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Space cookies approximately 2 inches apart. Bake for approximately 15 to 17 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oven. Allow to sit on cookie sheet for about 1 to 2 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Allow to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

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Oatmeal Cookie Day Cocktail & Shots